Chinese New Year is almost upon us and now’s the time to prepare ourselves for the celebrations! Have a prosperous reunion dinner and fill your family’s tummies with these yummy spring rolls. Fun fact: Eating spring rolls especially during Chinese New Year symbolises wealth and success for the coming year.
Rolling In Freshness
These fresh Chinese spring rolls are easy to prepare and are great for when you need a break from all the oily indulgent dishes. Each roll is packed with a whole lot of vitamins and minerals which also make for a healthy snack!
– 1 cup of grated carrots
– 2 cups of shredded green cabbage
– 1-2 cups of mixed raw veggies (cucumber, bean sprouts, and snow peas)
– ¼ cups of chopped scallions
– 1 cup of thinly sliced mushrooms of your choice
– 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
– 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
– Dried rice wrappers
– Mint or cilantro leaves
First, lightly fry the sliced mushrooms for 3 to 5 minutes. When the mushrooms are done, put them aside. Grab your scallions, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil and give them a stir. While the mushrooms are still warm, mix them in with your vegetables and add the dressing you just made.
The next step is just preparing the dried rice wrappers for wrapping. You do this by submerging them one by one in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 seconds. This will make them soft and ready for wrapping. Now all you need to do is wrap 2-3 tablespoons of filling and serve!
Fruity Spring Rolls
This fruit spring roll will surely turn a few heads at the reunion dinner and can be a sweet ending to the feast! They’re incredibly easy to make and you can invite the kids into the kitchen to help too.
– We recommend mangoes, peaches, and strawberries but feel free to experiment with fruits of your choice
– Dried rice wrappers
Start by slicing your fruits into small cubes. Then submerge your dried rice wrappers in warm water individually for 5-10 seconds. When the rice wrappers are soft, lay them flat and place your sliced fruits in the middle. Wrap them up and they’re ready to eat! You can also place them in the fridge to be served later.
Traditional Spring Rolls
You can always go back to basics with traditional Chinese spring rolls this Chinese New Year. These fried treats symbolise wealth because of their resemblance to gold bars.
– 100g glass noodles
– 200g of finely grated white cabbage
– 2 roughly grated carrots
– 200g of bean sprouts
– 2 cloves of chopped garlic
– 30ml of sesame oil
– Spring roll pastry
Prepare the glass noodles by soaking them in warm water for 15 minutes. Next, mix your carrots, bean sprouts, cabbage, garlic, and oil and put aside. When the glass noodles are soft, drain them and cut into 4cm pieces and add to the vegetable mixture. Now put a tablespoon of the mixture in each spring roll pastry, roll them up, and fry for 4-5 minutes until golden brown!
A Sweet Treat
Indulge in these sweet Nutella and banana spring rolls for something different. This recipe is so simple that you’ll only need 3 ingredients.
– ½ cup of Nutella
– 2 bananas
– Spring roll wrappers
Start by cutting the bananas into small pieces and set aside. Here’s the fun part, spread Nutella in the middle of the spring roll paper and place the bananas on top.
After you’ve rolled them up, you can choose to fry or bake them in the oven until they’re golden brown. Serve with ice cream if you wish. This one’s guaranteed to be a popular dish among the kids!
For The Meat Lovers
Make this garlic chicken spring roll big enough and it could pass for a meal on its own! Your family and friends will love the combination of flavours in every bite.
– 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
– 1 thinly chopped chicken breast
– 4 teaspoons of sesame oil
– 5 tablespoons of soy sauce
– 3 cloves of minced garlic
– Rice paper sheets
– Glass noodles
– 2 thinly sliced carrots
– 2 cups of baby spinach
– 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
– 2 finely sliced scallions
– ½ cup of roughly chopped fresh coriander
First start by mixing the sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, vegetable oil, minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. After leaving the chicken to marinate in the fridge for 20 minutes, cook it over medium heat until it’s properly cooked.
After the rice papers have been soaked in warm water for 5-10 seconds. Lay the rice papers flat and place the glass noodles, spinach, chicken, carrots, and coriander in the middle and wrap! As for the remaining 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, brown sugar, lime juice, scallions, and 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, mix them together and you have dipping sauce!
We hope you enjoy making and sharing these delicious creations over Chinese New Year. May this new year be prosperous and filled with an abundance of health for you and the whole family. From all of us at Village Grocer, Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Keep it fresh,
Your friendly neighbourhood grocer.